Accommodation throughout the city
Decentralized locations facilitate integration
Once they have registered in Baden-Württemberg, refugees are distributed among the region’s urban and rural administrative districts. The city of Heidelberg has chosen not to house its refugees in mass accommodation for years, but to accommodate them in manageable units in the city’s neighborhoods. This concept has proved very effective. In decentralized accommodation, people are able to connect with life in their local neighborhood. This is the basis for successful integration.
Because the Arrival Center for Baden-Württemberg is located in Patrick Henry Village (PHV), Heidelberg is currently exempt from being allocated any more refugees. However, the city council anticipates that this exemption could be lifted in the future – either partially or entirely – in which case Heidelberg will need to accommodate more refugees. Accommodating refugees is not a voluntary service – it is a legal obligation that the city of Heidelberg has to comply with. Since the city council is keen to avoid housing refugees in sports halls or camps, it is planning to build additional accommodation in all parts of the city.
Accommodation in all parts of the city (up-to-date situation in German)